#3
dude it's a bass. Personally i have no idea, just thought i'd mention that.
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#4
Practice you mother****er. If you use a pick, practice alternate or economy picking. If you use yer fingers, maybe add a third finger? Mostly, play as much as you can.
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#6
Use a metronome. Start slow, and once you feel confident and you can pick out the notes so it doesn't sound like a heap of mess is coming out of your amp, take it up a few bpm. It maybe boring, but it's the best way to increase your speed.
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#8
Theres a thing called practice, have you heard about it?
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#9
Ya but you can practise wrong
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#10
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that's what she said...


just practice dude, and if you're using a pick, don't
#11
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And that is how you do it.
#12
About practicing with a metronome - although I've read countless posts about how it is the best way to build up speed, whenever I sit down to do it I'm utterly lost. Could somebody either explain it well or post a video demonstration type thing? It might be appreciated by more than just me.
#13
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About practicing with a metronome - although I've read countless posts about how it is the best way to build up speed, whenever I sit down to do it I'm utterly lost. Could somebody either explain it well or post a video demonstration type thing? It might be appreciated by more than just me.


Start slow, play straight 8ths or 16ths. Slightly increase speed when you have it down. Rinse and repeat. Go back to slower tempos every now and again. Incorporate into your practice regime.

There really isn't much to get. I recommend including this with the spider exercise, because there's no point playing fast if you can't move your fretting hand or string skip to speed.
#14
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#15
i agree with starting slow. it may seem strange but think of it this way. you can only play things fast if you can play them slowly perfectly.

speed is the by-product of accuracy. remember it.

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#16
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i agree with starting slow. it may seem strange but think of it this way. you can only play things fast if you can play them slowly perfectly.

speed is the by-product of accuracy. remember it.

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I say keep going back to slow, because it's good practice to keep good time across the board- you may be a machine when it comes to speed, but the only way to stay good at keeping time is to practice at all speeds.
#17
Techniques don't make you faster, practice does.
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#18
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and if you're using a pick, don't

Ignore that entirely.
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#19
What I don't get is... am I playing on the clicks? On the clicks and the spaces?

Ah, noobish questions are beautiful.
#20
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What I don't get is... am I playing on the clicks? On the clicks and the spaces?

Ah, noobish questions are beautiful.

It depends what you're practicing. If you're in 4/4, playing 16ths, then play 4 notes per every click. 2 notes if you're playing 8th notes, play 2 to each click, and so on.
Some metronomes have these divisions built in, practice with and without.
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#21
The metronome is the beat, it keeps time for you, keeping you solid. Imagine it as a drummer that never screws up

EDIT:

Also, I discovered this cool exercise not long ago.

Place your index finger on the G, and pluck the note. Then as quickly as you can with your middle finger mute that string, do it slowly, noticing how you can mute it as fast as possible. This cuts down the time your fingers spend dangling in mid air. You shouldn't be waving your fingers all over and smacking them down on the string. With this exercise you will develop the habit of your fingers never being more than a cm from whatever string you're playing.

Practice that on all strings, up and down. It may not seem like much but it really helped me develop plucking speed by cutting down on wasteful motion.
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#22
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Place your index finger on the G, and pluck the note. Then as quickly as you can with your middle finger mute that string, do it slowly, noticing how you can mute it as fast as possible. This cuts down the time your fingers spend dangling in mid air. You shouldn't be waving your fingers all over and smacking them down on the string. With this exercise you will develop the habit of your fingers never being more than a cm from whatever string you're playing.

Practice that on all strings, up and down. It may not seem like much but it really helped me develop plucking speed by cutting down on wasteful motion.

Was that from Talk Bass?
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#23
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Was that from Talk Bass?


Yeah, I think it was. It's the only other bass site I frequent other than this.
#24
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And that is how you do it.


To TS, as you're more accurate your speed will increase.
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#25
Start by trying to learn a fast song that you like and think is good, practise slow and slowly increase the speed.

In my opinion its better to train on a song that you want to learn.